Thursday, February 11, 2016

Smart Phone Piece In The Guardian Today!

The phone rings: it’s my friend checking to see if I can pick her up on the way to a dinner party. I ask her where she is and as she explains, I reach as far as I can across the countertop for a pen. I scribble the address in my trusty notebook I keep in my back pocket. I tell her I’ll be at her place in about 20 minutes, give or take a few. Then I hang up. Literally.

I physically take the handset receiver away from my ear and hang it on the weight-triggered click switch that cuts off my landline’s dial tone.

I take my laptop, Google the address, add better directions to my notes and head outside to my 1989 pick-up truck (whose most recent technological feature is a cassette player) and drive over. If I get lost on the way, I’ll need to ask someone for directions. If she changes her plans, she won’t be able to tell me or cancel at a moment’s notice. If I crash on the way, I won’t be calling 911.

I’m fine with all of this. As you guessed by now, I haven’t had a cellphone for more than 18 months.

Read the rest at TheGuardian.com

21 Comments:

Blogger August Johnson said...

This is the truth!

February 11, 2016 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Goose Goose said...

Brilliant. So great. Congratulations!

February 11, 2016 at 6:37 PM  
Blogger Goose Goose said...

I quit the cell phone when it was a flip phone, but mine was for financial reasons. My goodness. I signed up for $75 / month, and a company that rhymes with merizon took an additional 50-100 depending on where I was traveling that month. Too much moola!! :) :? :/ I like your yellow phone. If I go back, I will go back to the same company because they still have the best coverage(according to their commercials).

February 11, 2016 at 6:44 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Some of us older ladies never gave up our landlines. I do have a cell phone, but it is a Tracfone, a flip phone that does not have a camera or other doodads. It cost me...I think $17 many years ago (I think price has not changed much). Every 3 months I pay $21 for 60 minutes, but, because my phone gets double minutes, I really get 120 minutes. Since this phone stays in the car for emergencies and travel only, I don't use many minutes. I now have over 800 minutes on it. I don't feel the need to message or use the internet on my phone--I do enough of that at home. Less is more.

Nancy Kane
Camden ME

February 11, 2016 at 8:26 PM  
Blogger Mel Baker said...

Good for you!!

February 11, 2016 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hopefully you get this message. Glad to hear you've taken one human step forward. Next step is for you to eliminate the "Comments" section on your journalistic web articles. Comments serve the same purpose as a cell phone: distraction. They prevent people from internalizing the content of your article. Instead of closing the browser after finishing your conclusion, people will write a comment or read other comments and then close the browser. The reader is cheated from the content and is polluted with drivel from the Mr. Know-It-All posting a response.

If we wanted everyone on the planet to be a journalist, we would encourage commenting on news articles. Even on the most sophisticated websites you are hard-pressed to find an intelligent, engaging discussion in any comment section. Comments ruin journalism and the work the writers put into it.

Stay off the phone. Revolutions happen one person at a time.

February 11, 2016 at 10:10 PM  
Blogger JennC said...

Thank you for your wonderful article! I'm right there with you! I posted this on FB on Sunday: "I REALLY HATE texting! It drives me INSANE! Can I live in this world and not text??? I don't want to be tethered to my phone 24/7? It makes me miserable! Thoughts?"

I constantly want to throw my iPhone in the Hudson River for the same reasons you describe: "I don’t like being bothered or bossed around. I hated that anyone, for any reason, could interrupt my life, and I could interrupt my life just the same."

It's very rude that technology has taught people to expect us to be accountable to them 24/7! I was at the Whitney on Sunday and a work person texted me to talk about business. When I didn't answer my phone, text, or email yesterday for an hour and a half, this person demanded why I didn't answer—like they own me! It's maddening!

Thank you for the inspo! I must do the same as you.

Brava!

Best wishes,

Jennifer C
NYC, NY

February 12, 2016 at 12:55 AM  
Blogger JennC said...

Thank you for your wonderful article! I'm right there with you! I posted this on FB on Sunday: "I REALLY HATE texting! It drives me INSANE! Can I live in this world and not text??? I don't want to be tethered to my phone 24/7? It makes me miserable! Thoughts?"

I constantly want to throw my iPhone in the Hudson River for the same reasons you describe: "I don’t like being bothered or bossed around. I hated that anyone, for any reason, could interrupt my life, and I could interrupt my life just the same."

It's very rude that technology has taught people to expect us to be accountable to them 24/7! I was at the Whitney on Sunday and a work person texted me to talk about business. When I didn't answer my phone, text, or email yesterday for an hour and a half, this person demanded why I didn't answer—like they own me! It's maddening!

Thank you for the inspo! I must do the same as you.

Brava!

Best wishes,

Jennifer C
NYC, NY

February 12, 2016 at 12:57 AM  
Blogger mdoe37 said...

I went from a flip phone to a smart phone when the price became nearly the same. I mostly use the smart phone as a phone, some texting, some pictures.....very little data. The occasional map and only then if I haven't printed something out at home. My parents are getting up there and, for me, I can be reached if I'm out and about.

I cut the landline and went with an Ooma Voip since I have internet anyway. That basic bill is about $4 a month. I only kept all that because the MIL was ill at the time and everybody involved that that phone number.

What I dislike about the smart phone....I have Droid Mini and its still 50% too large. Women's pockets aren't what they used to be.

February 12, 2016 at 7:01 AM  
Blogger Jennie said...

Spot on~~~I have a landline and have never texted, etc. Friends are incredulous when they found out I don't have a cell phone. Today's technology ads try to brainwash that one needs the latest gadgets to be cool. Nope, thank you.

February 12, 2016 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

You've been without for 18 months! I've got you beat by 13.5 years! I got into an accident all those years ago just because I was hanging up on a call. In the nano second it took for me to look down to do so the fella in front of me had stopped. I never hit my brakes just went right into his rear end. From that moment forward I decided, I just wasn't that important enough to talk to in a moving vehicle. I never touched them again. Most think I'm nuts! I can at least least talk to those around me though I wonder if the same can be said for those around me!

Patrick

February 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger Patrick said...

You've been without for 18 months! I've got you beat by 13.5 years! I got into an accident all those years ago just because I was hanging up on a call. In the nano second it took for me to look down to do so the fella in front of me had stopped. I never hit my brakes just went right into his rear end. From that moment forward I decided, I just wasn't that important enough to talk to in a moving vehicle. I never touched them again. Most think I'm nuts! I can at least least talk to those around me though I wonder if the same can be said for those around me!

Patrick

February 12, 2016 at 9:01 AM  
Blogger Rain said...

Do you ever feel that having a cell phone with you might be good in case you're in trouble though? I have a smart phone, but to be honest, I'm very old school and I use it mainly as a telephone since I don't have a land line, and also to keep in touch with my one friend in another province. We text each other a few times a day. Otherwise, I find it completely useless, I don't even have an internet plan on it.

February 12, 2016 at 11:09 AM  
Blogger p_rod said...

Jenna!

Congratulations on 18 months without a cellphone! At 65, I am now moving into the "Luddite Zone'....backing away from the technology that all companies tell us "You cannot LIVE without this!". Oh, yes we can! :-)

I still have a landline and all my friends get a chuckle out of that. What they don't know is I am cutting my TV cable next month (an $80.00 TV antenna now sits atop my chimney and works great), and am strongly considering doing exactly what you did. Living outside ATL, though, I still feel the need for a portable phone, so a 'throwaway phone' that you can get for thirty dollars may be in the car for emergencies, but that's it!

Thank you for a great article!

Cheers!

Pat

February 12, 2016 at 12:15 PM  
Blogger p_rod said...

Jenna!

Congratulations on 18 months without a cellphone! At 65, I am now moving into the "Luddite Zone'....backing away from the technology that all companies tell us "You cannot LIVE without this!". Oh, yes we can! :-)

I still have a landline and all my friends get a chuckle out of that. What they don't know is I am cutting my TV cable next month (an $80.00 TV antenna now sits atop my chimney and works great), and am strongly considering doing exactly what you did. Living outside ATL, though, I still feel the need for a portable phone, so a 'throwaway phone' that you can get for thirty dollars may be in the car for emergencies, but that's it!

Thank you for a great article!

Cheers!

Pat

February 12, 2016 at 12:16 PM  
Blogger kbrow said...

I love my smartphone, but it IS insidious. You're inspiring me to leave it behind a little more often, to unplug a little longer.
Also, I love the blog, and your honest-yet-scary entries. Life really is a series of ups and downs, and reading yours has given me hope on some of my own bleaker days. Keep going, Jenna. The phoenix may be your totem animal!

February 12, 2016 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger margaret minetti said...

i havent had one for 5 years now, dont miss it at all.

February 12, 2016 at 2:22 PM  
Blogger Brin said...

You put exact words to the annoyance I'm increasingly feeling as someone with an iPhone on them 24/7. The Guardian ran a piece with a similar testimonial as yours back on January 11th that I saved (to my phone. Of course.). How did we allow ourselves to become so enslaved? I think your article may be just the push I needed to radically overhaul how I'm using technology in my life. Thank you. Seriously.

February 12, 2016 at 4:03 PM  
Blogger Maine homesteader said...

great article!!

February 13, 2016 at 6:29 AM  
Blogger Lilbitbrit said...

We too lived without a cell phone until about a year ago and then I bought a pay as you go $10.00 phone from Walmart which I hardly ever use. So I am not addicted to the cell phone and think I am better for it. When I was on vacation with my friend in Hawaii I noticed how stressful it was for her to keep receiving communications even from family when you were away on vacation. Keep asking you things and sorting things out and how are you? Well no news is good news so stop keep asking how I am. Plus it's a monthly bill not needed.

February 13, 2016 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Lilbitbrit said...

By the way should have said Congratulations on a great article.

February 13, 2016 at 12:50 PM  

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